DETROIT -

Victor Mercado, who was director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department under former mayor/current federal inmate Kwame Kilpatrick, is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Wednesday for his part in the Kilpatrick Enterprise RICO crimes.

Mercado had been indicted alongside Kilpatrick, Bobby Ferguson, Bernard Kilpatrick, and Derrick Miller.

However, Mercado pleaded guilty to conspiracy in November 2012. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, but under the terms of his plea deal Mercado likely will serve no more than 18 months.

Mercado admitted helping the former mayor rig lucrative public contract bids, largely for Ferguson's benefit.

Kilpatrick, who resigned from office in 2008 after pleading guilty to perjury, was convicted of numerous federal felonies and sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2013.